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School destroyed by fire in civil unrest in Guyana
Published on August 14, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- As the civil unrest in Guyana escalates, a primary school at Wismar, Linden, has been completely destroyed by fire.

The Joint Services reported that, on Sunday, August 12, the security guard on duty at the school was approached by three men armed with cutlasses who threatened to kill her if she did not remove herself from the location or if she attempted to raise an alarm.

The guard reportedly left the compound, after which the building was broken into, computers stolen and was later seen on fire.

The Guyana Fire Service fire tender could not get to the scene of the fire owing to the blockages that had been placed along the roadways by protestors.

Residents of the Linden community subsequently brought in and handed over two men to the police at Wismar Police Station, who they claimed were suspects in the attack on the school. The two men are in police custody assisting with the investigations.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning the Joint Services began clearing blockages set up by protestors. During the clearing of the blockages, the police had to resort to the use of tear gas to disperse large, unruly crowds of people who were in the process of preventing the Joint Services from removing the obstacles.

Additionally, while clearing blockages along the roadways, large crowds confronted the Joint Services ranks and began throwing Molotov cocktails and missiles at them, which included bricks, bottles and pieces of metal.

The police resorted to the use of tear gas grenades, some of which were picked up by the protestors and thrown back at the Joint Services ranks.

Molotov cocktails thrown by the protestors damaged one of the machines used by the Joint Services to clear the debris and one of the rank’s uniform caught afire but was quickly put out, the release stated.

The police were forced to use shotgun pellets to disperse the very hostile crowds and so far reports indicate that three men have been injured. They were taken to hospital by the Joint Services ranks where they have been admitted for medical treatment.

In addition, the release said two ranks of the Guyana Defence Force were accidentally hit by pellets and received injuries to the face and the hand, respectively. They have received medical attention and have rejoined their unit at Linden.
 
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